Monday, October 16, 2017

Pumpkins and Gourds and Pumpkin-Banana Bread

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you had 
a wonderful weekend and found some time
to make yourself happy :)
Something that is so important. 
When you are happy, you can spread the joy
in a world that clearly needs a little kindness.  

Ramblin' Man and I have been busy preparing
the house for winter - well, mostly it has been 
Ramblin' Man :) He took last week off work
and was a very busy handyman. 

He cleaned the gutters, the chimney, filled the woodbox, and 
did a million other little chores on his 'honey-do' list. 

I baked him treats and helped when I could....
while keeping up with the everyday chores,
which sometimes seem never-ending. 
But I do it with joy, because I know that there
are those who have lost their homes and would 
dearly love to tend to them once again. 

I also had a little fun decorating with all the pumpkins 
and gourds that I found at the pumpkin patch! 

The old trellis that my daughter gave me
was put to good use. 

She gave me two, one is in my kitchen. 

Here it is, with the beautiful morning sunshine
beaming in. We had a lovely, warm and sunny weekend. 
By 'warm', I mean it was in the 60's! haha! 
We are definitely experiencing some cooler fall weather
here in Western Washington State. 

I hung these beautiful, colored corn-cobs and hoped 
that the birds didn't discover them right away. 

So far, so good......

Dried cornstalks from the pumpkin patch,
and a bundle of 'Dock' plumes that I picked 
myself from my wild and crazy garden, are tied next to it. 

Dock is a very beneficial herb, but it is actually
the root which is used. I don't have enough 
to harvest the root, but I will spread these seed plumes
around when I am done with them. 
These are rangy and weedy, so they will only go in 
outlying areas. 

You can read more about the health benefits of Dock, Here.

I found some unusual pumpkins and gourds
which I stacked in and around my collection
of galvanized buckets. 


I crafted this wreath a few years ago. 

My little coal stove hosts a few Cinderella pumpkins. 

My daughter made the white tool caddy in 
shop class years ago. 

When I went to school, girls took sewing and cooking
classes and boys took wood and automotive 'shop'. 

So glad that there are more choices these days. 

There was actually a club in my public high-school called 
'Future Homemakers of America'! 

I took advantage of the sewing and cooking classes
and took both for two years, 1 hour each, every day. 
They were full-credit classes back then. 
I was happy that I did, because now I can sew and cook
 anything I desire. 
I also took Algebra and Geometry. 

Math does come in handy for sewing and cooking, too! 

My little red wheelbarrow gets a rest from gardening 
duties to showcase some pretty fall flowers. 

I'll plant these in the garden later......

The lawn needs a little mowing. 
The weeds are taking over.....

Ramblin' Man has been busy.....
I would mow it, but I can't even start the darn mower. 
I try and try, but I can't seem to pull the starter 
cable hard enough. 
Finally, I give up in frustration. 

So instead, I go inside and bake us a treat......

Pumpkin-Banana Bread

Makes two loaves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Grease two loaf pans - set aside. 


2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
3 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger 
2/3 cup water
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
3 med. mashed, ripe bananas
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Beat sugar, oil and eggs in large mixing bowl. 
In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. 
Add flour mixture and water, alternately to sugar/oil/egg mixture,
blending just until mixed. 
Add pumpkin and mashed bananas. 
Stir in nuts. 

Divide batter evenly into two greased loaf pans. 
Bake 50-60 minutes or until wooden toothpick 
inserted into middle comes out clean. 

Cool completely before serving. 




You can't taste the bananas, but they make the bread 
wonderfully moist without having to use a lot 
of oil or other fat. 

Ramblin' Man gives it a double thumbs up! 

Now, hopefully, he will mow the lawn :) 


Today I am linking with:
Cooking and Crafting with J&J

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are enjoying 
these beautiful, golden days of October! 

I was recently invited to go to the pumpkin farm
with my daughter, son-in-law, and little grandson, 
so come along with me and we will have a little fun! 

The entrance to the farm was lined with these fun scarecrows. 

A wonderful, vintage Dodge truck was in the parking lot. 

I have a soft spot for vintage trucks, passed down from my Dad. 

My little Grandson is dressed for the occasion
in his flannel shirt and overalls! 
He loves being outside, especially when there are 
other little ones, too.

Although, we mostly had the place to ourselves,
as we arrived just as the gates opened on a Friday morning. 

I love the authentic atmosphere with 
beautiful barns and scenery. 

And of course, vintage trucks! 
My Dad had one very similar. 
It had a crank start - he had to turn 
a crank on the front of the truck to 'prime'
the engine before starting. 

I have such fond memories of riding beside him 
on beautiful New England mornings 
as he drove me to my
summer job as a nanny for my aunt, 
before starting his own long day as foreman of the tool and die
company he worked for. 

We would take the 'back roads' through the farmland, 
as the old truck could only reach speeds of 40 mph! 

He would tell me stories of his childhood growing 
up on his Grandfather's 800 acre 'truck' farm where 
the produce was sold at Boston's iconic Faneuil Hall

His Grandfather drove a wonderful old truck, filled to the brim
with produce, 30 miles to Boston each weekend,
with his faithful companion - a little white dog. 

Now I have kept the legacy alive with my own classic Ford Ranger
and two white dogs to keep me company! 

A vintage trailer turned concession stand :)

Specialty pumpkins, gourds and flowers for sale. 

A new generation of vintage truck admirers! 

Time to hit the pumpkin patch! 

Our 'lil punkin' 


Pumpkin flowers

A pumpkin washer apparatis - a conveyor belt takes 
the pumpkin for a ride in a stream of water. 

Another view.....

Don't you love the beautiful barn? 

Let's get a little closer......

Baby goats! 

How precious is this? 

Oooooooh! Stinky! :) 

Daddy takes the little guy on the slide. 

He doesn't look too sure .........

But like his Dad, (a proud Marine) he's a true dare-devil! 

He didn't make a peep and took it all in stride. 

We make our way back through the pumpkin fields. 

It was getting a bit cool and windy.

We stop for some photos......

The little family :)
The twins are due in February.

Three generations

Time to buy our pumpkins and say goodbye.

And as we take the slow road to home,
we count our blessings for this beautiful
day of fun, togetherness, and the start of a new generation
of family legacy and traditions.


Thank-you for coming along, dear friends!

Next time I will show you the pumpkins
that we bought!


What are you thankful for?

Today I am linking with:
Thankful Thursday

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